This afternoon, sometime after 3, we heard a horrible noise in the store. Our door had been open all afternoon as the springtime breeze was creating a wonderful cross draft through the store.
Chelsea went to the door and I followed, when she announced there was a wreck.
As we walked out the door, she went into a full sprint across the parking lot and to the accident victims.
Without going into a lot of detail, the accident involved an SUV and a motorcycle.
We were the 3rd and 4th people on the scene. Meredith who works with us was on the phone to 911.
Within seconds numerous people were stopping to see if there was anything they could do to help.
Some people prayed, others stood in disbelief and others tried to comfort the victims.
After what seemed like an eternity, but was probably only a couple of minutes, police and paramedics were on the scene.
And then paramedics who weren’t even on duty started showing up to help.
What touched me most was the response of the professionals who were there to take care of the victims, the passersby who stopped to help, and the general public who showed concern.
I was in a serious accident once in south Florida and witnessed the same neighborly support when it happened to me.
Sometimes the worst brings out our best. With all the craziness in our world, it’s nice to know, when we need each other we are there.
I share this with prayers for those who were injured, but also with gratitude for those who came to them as neighbors.